I’m breaking a personal rule by putting another op-ed in this thing. Because most of the time your average opinion piece is an amalgam of puerile pablum, strung together with all the coherence one would expect from a 3rd grader dictating to a 4th grader on a school bus rattling its way down some back country road in the heart of Trump country.
I’m noticing a certain tone to some of these op-eds, nay, even the journalism pieces, coming out of some sources, and it speaks to the tenor of the national conversation about where the lines of right and wrong are drawn.
Like this one, which sounds like what would happen if the CIA let its retired officers camp out on the lawn and air their various grievances about how things were better in their day.
You know, back when extraordinary rendition was the shit and we still had some dudes running around who could remember the Bay of Pigs fondly.
This particular piece is about how keeping secrets makes you a hero, too.
Looking at you, leakers.
Wouldn’t surprise me if the same brain trust that gave us Reefer Madness came up with this schlock, too, since the first leaker it tosses on its aging pitchfork is Daniel Ellsberg, the first and greatest leaker of the modern age.
Ellsberg had the audacity to tell the world that the Americans were lying about what they were up to in Vietnam, and for that, the author wants to pillory the likes of Ellsberg, Snowden, Manning, and Winner.
Those of you late to the party, that last one’s Reality Winner. That’s the name of a person. Who isn’t tied in any way to any affairs with Donald Trump.
The key point they’re making? That if you’ve got a problem and you work in the intel community somewhere? Take it up with the whistleblowers.
And get off the damn lawn, you Commies.
It’s true that what Manning and Snowden leaked had real potential to get people killed. Legitimate concern there. But I don’t want the gatekeepers of the secrets to have their moral compass ground into a fine powder and mixed into the whiskey of the good old boy spy network that works harder at keeping secrets from the public than protecting said public from harm.
Because they’re not worried about our enemies.
They’re worried about us.